HTC Debuts ‘One A9’, an iPhone Clone for $549 CAD


HTC has today revealed a brand new “One A9” smartphone running the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow software, which will be sold unlocked for an attractive price of $549 CAD.

What’s really interesting about the Taiwanese company’s latest hero handset of the year is that its the most blatant iPhone ripoff since Samsung’s original Galaxy S (via Re/code).

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HTC’s iPhone-like brother from another mother

The 5-inch smartphone packs a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor and a 1080p display. HTC lists the One A9’s software as “Android 6.0 with Sense,” which according to The Verge, offers “delightfully fluid performance”. There’s a new 13-megapixel sensor residing behind an f/2.0 lens and a sapphire cover, with optical image stabilization. There’s no option for 4K video recording, but you can shoot 1080p.

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The fingerprint scanner is integrated into the new home button. Unlike the iPhone though, the home button can’t be pressed in and offers only vibration feedback. The other standout feature is HTC’s emphasis on high-quality sound.

The One A9 supports high-resolution audio and Dolby Surround Sound for headphones, which are both mostly marketing gimmicks, however the internal circuit board layout has also been designed to ensure minimal electric distortion. HTC has built in a DAC that upscales 16-bit audio to 24-bit and helps power more demanding sets of headphones. The company goes so far as to say that the One A9 delivers a signal-to-noise ratio that’s “second to none in the industry.”

All variants of the One A9 across the world will include a microSD card slot as well as 100GB of free Google Drive storage. The handset will be sold alongside the One M9 in most places, but in the United States it becomes HTC’s new flagship.

Check out the hands-on video review of the new HTC One A9 below from The Verge:


  • Salinger

    How did I know this article was written by Usman, just by reading the title?

  • Don’t blame him, I wrote the title! 😉

  • To each their own.
    This is one of the 3 tech blogs I follow other than my main stream on Google plus. They got me coming back daily and that’s all that matters in my world.

    Even the most successful men/woman in the world have haters, and the world likes some good drama.

    You bash, but you’re here 😉 …. Let that sink in.

  • FragilityG4

    And all mainstream news outlets take from the Associate Press. The great thing about this site is they not only have all the iPhone stories but they also offer a lot of Canadian telecom stories. Not to mention they are very interactive with their readers. If you don’t like, don’t read.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    its a blog

    and by suggesting this is knee jerk hating anything other than the iphone you are, at least to me, suggesting that the HTC one a9 isnt an iphone 6/s clone

  • Salinger

    Take a look at language in any article he writes to do with any other manufacturer. Much of the vernacular he uses sounds like 12 year olds arguing over which gaming platform is better.

    I wasn’t implying that the conclusion is wrong, just that I expect a bit more intelligent commentary from a blog like this.

  • Salinger

    Do you write ALL his titles? …and copy? They’re all the same style of name calling whenever anything non-Apple is involved. It just seems to be pandering to a specific demographic within Apple fandom. Don’t get me wrong, it’s your site, and I appreciate all the info I get here. And I know I can just leave if I don’t like it. Just giving some honest feedback.

  • winnertakesteve

    Pretty similar but apple took some design cues from the m8 as well I recall. Also the back of the 6 series iPhones is the last thing anyone should be copying anyway…

  • jay

    Looks really nice

  • Hey sancheezy, thanks for sharing your feedback. Now, your comment has been deleted because haters gonna hate.

  • No I do not, but he gets assigned some funny iPhone clone stories and now it has become his persona here unfortunately.

  • Crosseyedmofo

  • Crosseyedmofo

    gamecube was the best console